People

Principals

Alex Richter

Alex received his Bachelor of Architecture from Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. He began his career at Adamson in 1988, initially involved with large-scale commercial projects. In 1993, Alex joined J.A. Jones as a design manager for large-scale international projects such as the Petronas Towers and the Ampang Tower in Malaysia. On these projects he worked in association with Adamson. Alex returned to the New York area as a design manager for the redevelopment of Newark International Airport's Terminal C. He rejoined Adamson in 2000 as the senior site representative for projects in the New York area. In 2006, Alex was promoted to Principal-in-Charge of the New York office (AAI Architects, P.C.). In this senior management role, he was involved with high-profile projects such as World Trade Center Towers 2, 3 & 4 and Goldman Sachs Global Headquarters.

Ann Daniel

A member of the firm since 1981, Ann has extensive experience in design development and project management on a wide range of building types — institutional, transit and transportation, commercial, and cultural. She has played a key role in the development of projects such as the Winter Garden at the World Financial Center in New York, and the Petronas Concert Hall in Malaysia. One of the firm's leading proponents of sustainable design, Ann has worked on several LEED® projects including Goldman Sachs Headquarters (LEED Gold); Royal Bank of Scotland (LEED Gold); and the Hearst Tower (LEED Gold).

Bill Bradley

Bill studied architecture at the University of Waterloo, where he received a Bachelor of Environmental Studies and a Bachelor of Architecture. His strength is in co-ordinating complex, large-scale projects such as the New Terminal Development Project at Toronto Pearson International Airport, Canada’s largest construction project. Working in association with Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, and Moshe Safdie Associates, Bill oversaw the delivery of one of the most advanced buildings in North America, which involved the coordination of an extensive consultant team. He was involved from early concept design through to the protracted and complex commissioning phase, typical of airport construction.

Currently, Bill is the Partner in Charge of the new Oakville Hospital (in joint venture with Parkin Architects).

Claudina Sula

Claudina Sula brings to the Adamson Team over 26 years of experience in the design and management of a diverse range of projects. Her particular strength is in the management of complex institutional and government projects with large, multidisciplinary teams. In recent years, Claudina has been led several projects for Infrastructure Ontario, giving her a comprehensive understanding of the AFP (Alternative Finance and Procurement) Process and DBFM (Design Build Finance and Maintain) delivery models. Clients respond favourably to Claudina’s vigorous management style which enables her to deliver these complex projects successfully within frequently aggressive timelines and restricted budgets. Currently, Claudina is the Project Leader for the Thunder Bay Consolidated Courthouse project and the St. Lawrence Market North Building Revitalisation project in Toronto.

David Jansen

After receiving his Bachelor of Environmental Studies and Bachelor of Architecture Degrees from the University of Waterloo in Canada, David began his career as a designer with Adamson Associates in the early 1980s. In 1985 he joined NORR Partnership Limited to lead the firm’s design activities, and from 1989 to 1996, David was the Principal-in-Charge of Design, during which time the firm won numerous international design competitions. David rejoined Adamson Associates in 1996 as a Partner. He is currently responsible for many of the firm’s large-scale projects in North America and around the world. He also works in close collaboration with internationally acclaimed design architects on high profile projects such as Towers 2, 3 and 4 at the World Trade Center, New York (Foster + Partners, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, Maki and Associates) and the new Guggenheim Museum in Abu Dhabi (Gehry Partners).

David has developed a broad base of experience during his 25 years in the profession. His expertise includes: master planning, urban design, architectural and interior design. His projects include: commercial office and mixed-use developments, healthcare, research and development, academic, institutional, sports and recreation, hotel and residential facilities, and transportation centres.

David is a member of the Ontario Association of Architects, Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, and American Institute of Architects. He is a Registered Architect in the States of New York, New Jersey, Nevada, Florida, Illinois, Connecticut and District of Columbia, and a Registered Architect in the Province of Ontario. David is a LEED™ Accredited Professional.

George Metzger

George Metzger is the Principal responsible for the firm’s West Coast Office in Los Angeles. He joined our firm in 2006, bringing to our team a critically acclaimed design sensibility and a portfolio of high-profile projects across the world. His expertise encompasses all aspects of architectural practice — master planning, architectural design, interior design, technical issues, and project management. George has worked in close collaboration with a number of renowned designers, turning concepts and sketches into award-winning completed projects. Many of these projects have set new standards in project delivery methods, 3D computing technology - BIM, architectural technology, and contractor collaboration systems. George has worked on virtually every building type, and at all scales — new and renovation projects, commercial high-rise/ low-rise, hotel/residential, retail/restaurant/entertainment, institutional, museum, and music venues. Currently, George is a Project Principal on the new Transbay Transit Center in San Francisco.

Greg Dunn

Greg received his Bachelor of Architecture from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, where he was awarded the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Medal and the American Institute of Architects Certificate of Merit.

Greg is the Partner-in-Charge of Adamson's London, UK office. From 1999 to 2003, Greg was based in our London office where he spearheaded the firm’s role on the Heron Quays project at Canary Wharf. He was involved from the initial master plan through to the completion of more than six million sf of construction. He was also the Partner-in-Charge overseeing the Phase III master planning of a further nine million sf.

Greg has extensive experience in the early stages of project development, master planning and detailed design of large-scale projects. As a result, he has a considerable understanding of the design issues that affect a variety of building types including airports, high- and low-rise commercial, retail and residential construction. His extensive international experience includes work on projects in Madrid, Milan, Frankfurt, New York and San Francisco.

Greg is a member of the Ontario Association of Architects, Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) and a LEED Accredited Professional. He is a registered Architect in the States of New York, Nevada and District of Columbia.

Megan Beth Royston

The Principal of Adamson’s London office, Adamson Associates (International Limited), Megan Royston joined our team in 2000.  Since that time, she has managed numerous large-scale office developments in London. She has worked closely with clients and developers on up-front feasibility and master planning studies, assisting in the realisation of the master plan through design development to the project fruition. This early involvement has allowed Megan to gain considerable experience on commercial design issues and efficiencies. Megan has also worked with high-profile design architects on a variety of commercial, retail and residential projects. Prior to joining Adamson, Megan was a partner in an architectural practice in South Africa, where she was responsible for the design and project management of a variety of building types including residential complexes, sports and entertainment centres, office parks, shopping centres, and cultural centres.

Nick Zigomanis

Nick Zigomanis is a Partner with the firm and principal of our New York office. Joining Adamson in 1998, Nick has gained extensive experience working on complex, high-profile, large-scale commercial and infrastructure projects in Europe and North America. From 1999 to 2003, Nick was based in London, UK where he played an integral part of the Heron Quays developments, as well as the Citigroup Headquarters project at the Canary Wharf estate. Soon after his return to North America, Nick shifted his efforts to the New York area where he is currently stationed. Nick has spearheaded the firm’s intense involvement in the massive World Trade Center reconstruction project, beginning with early master planning and design development through to the present construction efforts.

He has had enjoyed the privilege of working for world-class developers, collaborating closely with some of the world’s most highly acclaimed architectural design firms including Foster + Partners; Pelli Clarke Pelli; Rogers, Stirk Harbour + Partners; and Maki and Associates. Nick works closely with clients and multiple stakeholder groups from the earliest stages of the project development in order to address complex project issues and overcome technical, pragmatic and logistical concerns.

Project Directors

Sangwook Jin

Since joining Adamson’s New York office in 2010, Sangwook has led the technical coordination and project management on a number of significant projects including the initial phase one construction of World Trade Center Tower 2; the new 280,000 sf Class A office development at 51 Astor Place; and a Class A office development at 860 Washington Street.  Through his extensive involvement in all phases of a project, he brings a thorough understanding and expertise in programming, quality assurance, and documentation.

Sangwook received his Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design and Bachelor of Architecture in 1998 from Ball State University in Indiana. In 2000, he completed his Master of Architecture from UCLA with a full Fellowship. He began his career working for Eisenman Architects in New York where he worked for one year gaining professional experience on projects such as the Staten Island Ferry Terminal and the Jewish Museum in San Francisco. For ten years, Sangwook worked for Skidmore Owings & Merrill where he coordinated and managed a wide range of project types ranging from commercial and office developments to airports and transportation facilities.

 

 

Directors

Alan Tearle

Alan Tearle, the director of our London Office, has over 20 years of experience in architectural practice. He began his career in 1988 as a Site Engineer for R. Mansells Croydon Ltd. where he worked on several projects at Heathrow Airport. He holds a BTech HND in Building Studies from Leicester Polytechnic and received his Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and Post-graduate Diploma in Architecture from the University of Greenwich. He has worked in Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur and for the past decade, in London, where he has held the position of Project Manager for Adamson Associates International (UK) Ltd., (2000-2004); Design Manager for St. James Homes Ltd. (2004-2006); Design Manager for Bovis Lend Lease (2006-2007); and Design Manager for Wood Wharf Partnership (2007-2009) before rejoining Adamson Associates International in 2009. Most recently Alan led the Adamson Associates UK team on the London Bridge Tower (The Shard), a £400 million commercial high-rise with design architects, Renzo Piano Building Workshop.

Senior Associates

Fred Byfield

Fred Byfield joined Adamson in 1985 and for the first five years of his employment, he was responsible for initiating and managing the firm’s CAD Department until assuming the responsibility of Production Manager in 1990. As the firm-wide Production Manager, his responsibilities included overseeing and monitoring all projects in the contract document stage. From 1993 to 2003, Fred worked on site at Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Malaysia, followed by Canary Wharf, London, England. Currently, he is the Project Manager for the London Bridge Tower development in England with Renzo Piano Building Workshop.

Irina Farb

Irina joined Adamson Associates in 1983. She has served as the Project Manager on a series of institutional, commercial and retail developments for the firm including several projects at Canary Wharf in England; the Porta Nuova Garibaldi development in Milan, Italy; The Royal Ottawa Hospital redevelopment project in Ottawa; and the Toronto Medical Discoveries Tower. Irina is highly regarded amongst clients, consultants and her peers for her rigorous management style. Her commitment to quality and technical excellence has resulted in the successful delivery of countless large-scale, complex developments across the globe. Currently, Irina is a Senior Project Manager on 20 Fenchurch in London, England.

Jack Cusimano

A senior associate and contract administrator, Jack’s expertise is based on over 25 years of experience in contract administration and project management on numerous large-scale, high profile projects in the Greater Toronto Area and the National Capital Region. A graduate of Ryerson University’s Civil Engineering Technology program, Jack joined Adamson Associates in 1998.

Jack has played an instrumental role in the Toronto Pearson International Airport redevelopment project. As the Contract Administrator and Site Manager for Airport Architects Canada (a joint venture comprising Adamson Associates Architects, Skidmore Owings Merrill International Ltd., and Moshe Safdie Associates Ltd.), Jack was the key liaison with all the Authorities Having Jurisdiction and was responsible for facilitating resolution with cost or contract disputes on this $1.8 billion project. Other responsibilities have included overseeing civil works and architectural construction to ensure compliance with drawing and specifications, and acting as the senior liaison between site and design teams.

Associates

Brian Ballantyne

Brian joined Adamson Associates in 1994.  A skilled project manager, Brian has been responsible for the successful delivery of a number of high-profile projects, both in Canada and abroad. In his 30+ year career, Brian has worked on a wide range of building types including airports, hospitals, residential, justice facilities, universities and colleges, office towers and commercial buildings. Prior to joining Adamson, Brian was a Senior Technologist with Parkin Architects and a Project Manager with NORR Partnership.

Brian brings significant experience and expertise in the management of prestigious high-rise developments in North America and internationally. Most recently, Brian was the project manager on the £400 million London Bridge Tower (The Shard) which, at 1,016 feet in height, is the tallest building in Western Europe. Currently, he is the Project Manager on a New Mixed Use Tower in Manhattan for Extell.

Dennis Tesar

Dennis joined Adamson Associates in 1999, lending to our team his extensive design and technical expertise in corporate, commercial, institutional, and residential buildings. Dennis is experienced with all facets of the building process from conception to completion, including liaising with clients and contractors, budgetary and scheduling issues, detailing and material selection. He is highly skilled in the design of challenging 3D projects and has extensive experience with complex building envelopes and cladding systems. Since joining Adamson, Dennis has worked on some of the firm’s most celebrated projects including the 20 Fenchurch Tower in London, England; Tower 3 of the World Trade Center redevelopment and the World Trade Center Museum Pavilion in New York City; and the East and West Winter Gardens at Canary Wharf in London, England.

 

Domenic Virdo

Domenic Virdo has been with Adamson since 2000. He received his Bachelor of Technology in Architectural Science from Ryerson University and holds a Master of Architecture from Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, Michigan. Since joining our team, Domenic has gained extensive experience on a wide range of building types — institutional, commercial, cultural, and large mixed use developments. Domenic imparts to our team a skillful blend of design and technical skills. He has particular expertise in the design development of projects with complex program requirements, diverse client groups, and large, multi-disciplinary teams where his excellent communication skills and spirit of collaboration invariably lead to design solutions that exceed client expectations. Currently, Domenic is the Design Manager for the New Oakville Hospital.

John McNulty

John McNulty joined our firm in 2007. He brings to our team over 15 years of design and technical experience. A graduate of the New Jersey Institute of Technology, John’s strong technical expertise combined with his leadership abilities have resulted in a strong track record of premier projects in New York and internationally. His strength is in defining projective objectives and coordinating large, multi-disciplinary consultant teams to ensure that these objectives are met in a timely fashion.

Prior to joining our firm, John worked in the New York studios of Hardy, Holzman & Pfeiffer, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, and Kohn Pedersen Fox where he worked on such prestigious projects as the Dulles International Airport and Seven World Trade Center. Currently, he is the Design Manager/Project Manager for Tower 3 of the World Trade Center and 380 Madison office tower redevelopment projects in New York City.

 

Jon Wharton

Jon Wharton imparts to our New York office his extensive experience and expertise on residential projects. For ten years prior to joining AAI, Jon was an Associate with CetraRuddy in New York where he served as a project manager and job captain for a number of high-end residential conversions and renovations. Jon manages the process from schematic design through construction administration including generating and managing the budgets and overseeing the finances of the projects.

 Notable experience includes the conversion and restoration of the O’Neil building at 655 Sixth Avenue and the restoration and adaptive re-use of 141 Fifth Avenue, a 110,000 sf classic Beaux Arts structure located in the Ladies Mile Historic District in Manhattan. Currently, Jon is working on the Miami Beach EDITION Residences in Miami, Florida.

 

 

José Valencia

José joined Adamson Associates in 1994 and became an Associate in 2006. A skilled project manager, he has led production teams for a wide variety of institutional and commercial projects, both locally and internationally.  

José is experienced in all phases of project implementation, beginning with client liaison, through to schematic design and design development, and including construction documentation and site supervision. With his rigorous attention to detail, Jose is frequently assigned to oversee project sites to ensure compliance with design specifications.

 

Ken Lum

An accomplished designer, Ken Lum imparts to our team a critically acclaimed design sensibility combined with excellent technical skills and strong project management abilities. Ken received his Bachelor of Environmental Studies (Pre-Professional Architecture) and Master of Architecture from the University of Waterloo. After graduation, he was shortlisted as a finalist out of 1011 design professionals for his design of a September 11 memorial and masterplan, which was later featured in a short documentary produced by the CBC National.  Prior to joining our team, he worked for several renowned Toronto-based firms where he gained valuable experience on institutional, commercial, and cultural buildings. Since joining Adamson Associates Architects in 2007, Ken has contributed his design skills to a number of high-profile, international projects including the Isle of Dogs CrossRail Station in Canary Wharf and the twofour54 Media Zone in Abu Dhabi.

Maria Moreira-Smith

Maria has experience with a variety of project types including residential, civic, sports and recreation, and corporate office developments. Since starting with the firm in 2000, Maria has worked on large, high-profile projects in London and New York. Her years of experience in project management have provided her with the professional abilities required to seamlessly coordinate between the client, occupants and contractor. Recently, Maria led the Adamson team on the 1,200,000 sf Mandarin Oriental Hotel and Residences at CityCenter in Las Vegas, which included 227 condominium residences, a 48,000 sf Spa, seven dining and cocktail venues, and two pools (130’ in length combined).

Martin Dolan

Martin Dolan joined Adamson in 2006 imparting to our team significant, award-winning design experience on a wide range of project types — cultural, educational, residential and institutional projects. A talented designer and project manager, Martin has lent his skills to a number of our high-profile projects including the Thunder Bay Consolidated Courthouse; the St. Lawrence Market revitalisation/New Provincial Courts for the City of Toronto; and the Veer Towers Condominiums in Las Vegas, Nevada. Currently, he is the Project Manager of the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design building expansion at the University of Toronto.

Michael Gore

Michael Gore joined Adamson Associates in September 2005. A graduate of the Edinburgh College of Art, he holds a Master in Architectural Conservation and Architecture and a Bachelor of Architecture.  In 2003, he began his professional career as a Designer and Assistant Architect with Thinking Space Ltd Architects in London where he worked on predominantly residential projects. Since joining our firm, Michael has contributed his design and technical skills to such projects as the Riverside South Development at Canary Wharf, the Wood Wharf Infrastructure, as well as Towers 1 and 2 of Wood Wharf. Currently, he is working as project manager on Building B1 at Kings Cross Central in London, a 13-storey office development for French bank BNP Paribas.

Richard Edwards

Richard is an Associate and the Controller at Adamson Associates Architects. An integral part of Adamson’s Management Team, Richard has primary responsibility for the financial and risk management of the firm’s international group of companies. As Financial Manager, he oversees the planning, budgeting, cost control, banking, project management, partnership transitions and international staff relocations for the firm’s offices in Los Angeles, New York, London, Abu Dhabi, and the head office in Toronto. As Risk Manager, Richard negotiates and manages insurance requirements for all offices including group benefits, professional indemnity, comprehensive general liability, worker’s compensation and travel insurance.

Richard Hall

Richard Hall is a registered architect in our New York office. Richard received his Bachelor of Architecture from the New York Institute of Technology where he graduated Magnum Cum Laude in 1995. He also holds an Associates degree in Applied Science Construction Technology (Honors) from Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, New York.

Richard began his career with Joseph T. Matthews & Associates where he worked for seven years on commercial and residential projects. From 2000 to 2012, he was an Associate and Senior Technical Coordinator with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in New York where he contributed to a wide range of large-scale international projects including the US Embassy in Ghana, the Mumbai Maker Maxity Hotels in India, the King Abduallah Financial District Murqarnus Tower in Saudi Arabia, the Qatar Petroleum Commercial project in Doha, Qatar; and the Hill County Special Economic Zone office building in Hyderabad, India, winner of a 2009 Global Holcim Award. Currently, he is a Project Architect on the 450 West 33rd Street office development in Hudson Yards.

 

Robert Sula

Robert has been a member of the Adamson team since 2001. He has extensive experience in a variety of building types, continuously displaying leadership on large-scale development projects under extremely tight deadlines. Because of his strong management and problem-solving skills, Rob is often relied upon to manage large, programmatically complex projects.

Sandor Rott

Since joining the firm in 2003, Sandor Rott has been involved in master planning, development and construction of a number of significant projects locally and abroad. These projects have augmented his knowledge of urban regeneration issues, enabling him to respond to the demands of large-scale, multi-use projects requiring a magnitude of infrastructure coordination. Currently, Sandor is working on the Pelli Clarke Pelli-designed Transbay Transit Center in San Francisco, California, Sandor’s ability to work with, and enhance, existing urban contexts was gained in the master planning of several high-profile urban district projects around the world which have been recognized with numerous Urban Design and Architectural Awards. Prior to joining Adamson Associates, Sandor was the project manager for the Canadian Embassy in Prague, Czech Republic, which was a Finalist for the Czech Architecture Grand Prix 2003.

Scott Cressman

Scott has been part of Adamson’s design department since 1985. He has considerable experience in the design of commercial, corporate and institutional buildings. His responsibilities include overseeing the team through all the design phases beginning with the initial project discussions, schematic design, design development and up to, and including, issuing for construction. Other responsibilities include client consultation, coordination of consultants during design phase, obtaining approval from authorities with jurisdiction and assisting in the preparation of detailed specifications particularly with regard to material selection.

Terry Hudak

Terry Hudak is an architect and project manager with Adamson’s New York office. Her 25-year design career spans the disciplines of architecture, branding, and broadcast design.  As a Project Manager at AAI, she oversees the architectural development of the EDITION brand luxury hotels in Times Square and at the historic Clocktower in Madison Square Park. Hudak also played a critical role in significant projects such as 51 Astor Place, the World Trade Center 9/11 Memorial Entry, and while with KPF, the RBC Centre in Toronto. 

Prior to joining AAI, she worked on large-scale hospitality, residential, and educational projects ranging in value from $50 to $200 million for renowned firms SOM and KPF. While a practicing graphic designer in the broadcast industry, Hudak earned a Master of Architecture degree from SCI-Arc, in Los Angeles, focusing her studies on geometric concepts and structuring. She continues these explorations as a member of New York City’s “Collab”, an innovation collaborative.

 

Ying-Min Shiao

Ying-Min has worked in the architectural field since 1975. As a member of the firm since 1979, he has been a senior designer for some of the firm's most prestigious buildings. His unique design sensibility and understanding of the specific technical requirements for commercial office developments has brought numerous awards to the firm.